SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA / November 3, 2004 - Theravance, Inc. (Nasdaq: THRX), a biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of internally discovered product candidates in five programs, including two late stage development programs, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2004.
The net loss for the third quarter of 2004 increased to $22.3 million from $16.8 million for the third quarter of 2003 primarily due to higher research and development and stock-based compensation expense. The increase in research and development expenses related primarily to higher external costs for preclinical and clinical services provided by contract research and manufacturing organizations. These external expenses increased to $8.4 million in the third quarter of 2004 from $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2003 primarily due to the initiation of the telavancin Phase 3 clinical program and the progress of other programs in development.
Revenue recognized from the amortization of upfront and milestone payments from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) increased to $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2004 from $1.0 million in the third quarter of 2003. The revenue increase is a result of additional milestone payments received under the company's long-acting beta2 agonist collaboration with GSK ("Beyond Advair" collaboration) and upfront fees received under the company's Strategic Alliance.
Theravance ended the quarter with $174.3 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. In October 2004, the company's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments balance increased by approximately $110 million from net proceeds received in its initial public offering and concurrent sale of equity to GSK. After considering these shares sold to the public and GSK, approximately 7.1 million and 400,000 shares, respectively, Theravance's total shares outstanding were approximately 53 million.
Michael Kitt, M.D., the company's Senior Vice President, Development, noted, "Our Phase 3 clinical studies are powered to demonstrate that telavancin is non-inferior to vancomycin in treating patients with Gram-positive infections. The studies are also powered to demonstrate that telavancin is superior to vancomycin in treating patients with MRSA infections. MRSA infections, a public health concern, result in high mortality rates in hospital-acquired pneumonia and high morbidity rates in cSSSI. Our goal is for telavancin to become the new standard of care for treating patients with MRSA infections."
Conference Call and Webcast Information
As previously announced, the company has scheduled a conference call to discuss this announcement beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today. To participate in the live call by telephone, please dial 800-289-0493 from the U.S., or for international callers, please dial 913-981-5510. Those interested in listening to the conference call live via the Internet may do so by visiting the company's Web site at www.theravance.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the Web site 15 minutes prior to its start to register, download, and install the necessary audio software. A webcast audio replay will be available on the company Web site for 30 days through December 3, 2004. A telephone replay will be available for 14 days through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time November 17 by dialing 888-203-1112 from the U.S., or 719-457-0820 for international callers, and entering confirmation code 853155.
Theravance is a biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of internally discovered product candidates. Of the five programs in development, two are in late stage - telavancin and the Beyond Advair collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. Theravance is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecule medicines across a number of therapeutic areas including respiratory disease, bacterial infections, overactive bladder and gastrointestinal disorders. By leveraging its proprietary insight of multivalency to drug discovery focused on validated targets, Theravance is pursuing a next generation drug discovery strategy designed to discover superior medicines in large markets. For more information, please visit the company's web site at: www.theravance.com
NOTE: Theravance®, the Theravance logo, and Medicines That Make A Difference® are registered trademarks of Theravance, Inc.
This press release contains certain "forward-looking" statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding, among other things, statements relating to goals, plans, objectives and future events. Examples of such statements include statements relating to the expected timing, scope and results of clinical studies, statements regarding the potential benefits and mechanisms of action of drug candidates and the enabling capabilities of proprietary insights. These statements are based on the current estimates and assumptions of the management of Theravance, Inc. as of the date of this press release and are naturally subject to risks, uncertainties, changes in circumstances, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results of Theravance to be materially different from those reflected in its forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by its forward-looking statements include, among others risks related to delays or difficulties in commencing or completing clinical and preclinical studies, the potential that results of clinical or preclinical studies indicate product candidates are unsafe, ineffective, inferior or not superior, delays or failure to achieve regulatory approvals, the availability and cost of capital, and the actions of collaboration partners. These and other risks are described in greater detail under the headings "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements," "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in Theravance's prospectus dated October 5, 2004 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b)(4). Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Theravance assumes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements.
Greg Sturmer, VP, Finance
David Brinkley, SVP, Commercial Development
The Ruth Group